- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The man who was the Memphis Grizzlies’ public address announcer for about the past decade was arrested Tuesday on charges of taking “inappropriate” photos of people at a Memphis church, police said.

Rick Trotter, 40, was taken into custody Tuesday night, Memphis Police Department spokesman Louis C. Brownlee said in a statement.

The Grizzlies said in a statement that Trotter is no longer affiliated with the organization.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office website shows a warrant was issued for Trotter on charges of photographing people without consent.

The Downtown Church in Memphis issued a statement on its website saying Trotter was fired as a church employee May 27 because of “deception and moral failures of a sexual nature.” Church officials said “we have responded swiftly as information has emerged, with counsel from trusted professionals.”

Brownlee said police were notified of allegations against Trotter on May 29.

It was not known whether Trotter has a lawyer who could comment on the case.


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